Table Grape Variety Evaluation for Adaptability and Improving Berry Quality, Yield, and Storage Life Under Desert Conditions in the PNW
Study the adaptability, berry maturity, quality, and horticultural performance, such as crop load and canopy management in various new selections and cultivars of table grapes under Southwest Idaho conditions. Improve berry quality and size in those table grapes which are showing promising results under the climate conditions of the PNW by girdling, cluster thinning, and cutting and gibberellic acid. Study the effects of storage on fruit quality. Prolong the period of table grape beyond California grapes, and, perhaps, reduce the Chilean grape import in the PNW in the winter.